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Michigan officially names Greg Jackson as secondary coach

Michigan officially named Greg Jackson as its secondary coach on Wednesday.

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ANN ARBOR -- Another long-rumored assistant coach has been made official on Wednesday.

Michigan and Jim Harbaugh has announced that former San Francisco 49er assistant secondary coach, Greg Jackson, will join the program as the Wolverines secondary coach.

"I got to know Coach Jackson as a player with the San Diego Chargers, and since that time I have been impressed by his approach to the game and his leadership," said Harbaugh in a statement. "He has a proven track record working with elite NFL defensive backs and is very familiar with the Big Ten landscape. Our young men with the desire to play at the next level and the right work ethic will benefit from Greg's approach and ability. I am excited to have him a part of the Michigan family."

After an All-American collegiate career with LSU, Jackson, 48, spent 12 years in the NFL as a safety with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers. Harbaugh and Jackson were teammates during his final two years with the Chargers.

"I am very excited to be here at the University of Michigan," Jackson said in a statement. "I have always known this is a special place, so when Coach Harbaugh asked me to join his staff there was no way I was going to pass up this tremendous opportunity. This school has it all, both academics and athletics that are steeped in tradition. I can't wait to get to work with our student-athletes."

Before coaching with Harbaugh and the 49ers, Jackson also had coaching stints with Wisconsin, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe and Idaho.